I Am Only Fanatical About Family

I have to admit I am NOT a sports fanatic.  I like to watch an occasional game (preferably live if possible).  I enjoy watching everything from basketball to NASCAR to hockey, but I would rather play than watch.  Maybe it’s because my father IS a sports nut (does anyone else know what is going on in cricket and handball in addition to ever known sport known to man)?  BUT…. When it comes to raising my three sons I am a total fanatic.  I even became a baseball coach to help out my oldest son’s coach (I used to coach soccer and was a camp counsel many years ago so it wasn’t a stretch, but still…).  One of the coolest, spiritual feelings I ever got as a parent so far was playing catch with Frankie Jr. in a game situation (yes thoughts of the next Tom Seaver or Cy Young did cross my mind, but it was much, much more than that).  It was his first time pitching and I got to be his catcher.  There was a feeling that I cannot completely understand but it felt like a deep connection that could only come from the repetition of playing catch with your son.  I felt at that moment that nothing else mattered and that to me there would be little that could compare to that feeling.  I hope there are many more moments like that one, with all my sons over the years.  That moment also reminded me of a spiritual connection I made a while back when I was running along the Hudson River through a forested area on the NJ side and I felt a strong spiritual presence running along side of me.  It’s very difficult to replicate these moments in our lives but (now) I definitely feel that playing sports helps connect a father and a son and builds roots that will last a lifetime.  A few weeks ago I managed to capture a handful of photographs when we were playing catch.  There’s a bunch of cool shots and I want to share this one with you.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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9 Comments on “I Am Only Fanatical About Family”

  1. G Zaharoff says:

    I feel SO blessed to know you, Frank. I picture you an intense guy, very driven, talented – but today, tonight, reading this blog entry showed me a different part of you…I guess the most important part. May God bless you to live to be a healthy 110, I wish for you to be around for your children, grand-children and great-grandchildren. You are right, you are creating many great memories with your Frankie Jr. and, soon, the other two sons. In this day and age, raising three sons, you have to be a fanatic. The world out there is much different than it was when we were growing up….


  2. way to go Coach Frank – you have a beautiful family full of love and SUPPORT – I am looking forward to watching everyone grow


  3. Marie says:

    I’m with you on the fanatical about family! There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them.

    These treasures will remain with your boys long after you’ve gone! Those are the best kinds of treasures…nothing greater!!

    Thanks for sharing this and starting my day with a smile!



  4. the way a parent is suppose to be love the pic!


  5. it’s all about those little moments you spend together…you will remember those for a lifetime. But more importantly, so will your sons. 😀

    ~cath xo


  6. fc3arch says:

    Thank you, everyone, for the continuous encouragement and support. I rather speak through images than my writing but I felt that it was important to share these experiences with you all so you can understand my Art and Architecture even better. We are all on this journey together so let’s make it count. Getting a glimpse of Godliness is something to cherish since those moments are far and few. But you can find / be spiritual if you take time to feel / look / enjoy. Children mark time and ass I see mine grow up so quickly I value every moment and live in the moment as much as I can. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpe_diem


  7. Kokoro Purrs says:

    I completely agree about the joy of spending time with children. For myself, spirituality comes from living completely in the moment. This photo of your boy captures that. What I find equally compelling is, the glimps of the future, your son loooks so confident and strong. He will make a fine man.


  8. I connect directly with all of that – I love playing many sports and it gives you confidence, as well as making you hungry!

    On tuesday or Wednesday next week I will unofficially break the 63 yard place kick NFL conversion and place the footage on utube under Literarymike – I kick equally well with either foot as my soccer and rugby coaches at school consistently played me on the left-side and I’m naturally right sided! Mike


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